Hot Lists Friday, May 25th

Weekend Essentials: Hay Festival/Bank Holiday edition

Hot Lists Friday, May 25th

Weekend Essentials: Hay Festival/Bank Holiday edition

To paraphrase a bit of Yiddish wisdom, man makes plans and God cues up a Bank Holiday full of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Don’t worry though, we’ve got you. There’s still heaps of fun to be had over the next 72-plus hours. Here’s what you won’t want to miss out on this weekend:



Hay Festival/HowTheLightGetsIn

Friday - Monday

Hay Festival generally goes hard for the first weekend. And this year’s no different.

There’s some big hitters heading up the after-dark lineups with music from Laura Mvula and a silent disco with Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney (both Sat), and stand-up from Russell Kane (Fri), David Baddiel (Sun) and the Mash Report’s brilliant Rachel Parris (Mon).

If that all sounds a little light-hearted, there’s Big Important Things being discussed in the tents all weekend with Alaistair Cambell sitting down with GQ’s Dylan Jones, Luke Harding talking Trump and Laura Bates on the everyday kind of sexism we now know all about because Hollywood told us.

There’s also a poetry slam on Mon, crash courses on hacking your favourite websites with the STEMettes and the Today Show recording live.

Down the road at How The Light Gets In there’s a debate between a philosopher and a former Archbishop of Canterbury on love and extremism, comedy from James Acaster and a lecture on The Secret History of Cool. And that’s just tonight. Tomorrow there's a DJ set from the BBC's resident disco queen Ana Matronic you're going to want to have a boogie at. 

Their daytime programme – a heady mix of debate and delight featuring some of the more interesting people to walk around this United Kingtdom – has more event titles you’ll want to instinctively click on than the Buzzfeed food page.

But in terms of evening stuff – the Basquiat documentary on Saturday is supposed to great, as is Badly Drawn Boy, who’s on stage on Monday night.

If you’re in town be sure to swing by the Old Electric Shop for cocktails, and if you’ve got little ones – click here to see how you can keep them occupied.

Full Hay Festival listings here - and for our picks of the festival, click here

And full HTLGI listings here - our picks of the festival are here.




Kaleido @ Gilbies/Play garden party

Sunday 4pm - late.

House every weekend is a popular refrain repeated across clubs around the country, and has been adopted by local pop-up party starters Kaleido, although their interpretation is very much house every weekend, providing that weekend is a late-May Bank Holiday.

Their annual early-summer takeover of Gilbies, and city centre courtyard, has become one of the county’s best-kept secrets. It’s a daytime session – a rarity in world of regional house nights – going from 4pm–11pm and packed to the rafters with minimal and underground house beats. OD is back for the party, S-Ampel plays back-to-back with Rossa, and Worse 4 Wear (From Berlin With Love) are also getting in the mix.

And because we know you’re not going home at 11pm, Play has DJ Jack Blow on the decks in 54 following their own garden party. Not your tea-and-scones variety.


Voodoo Lab @ Charles Bar

Saturday, 9pm - late.

Funk and soul are the best musical genres ever invented. Don’t @ me, it’s true. And Voodoo Lab is bringing funk, soul and a selection of the funkiest, most soulful house music to a rooftop location near you with, don’t worry, a glass-fronted indoors if it rains.

It’s the debut night at the Left Bank's Charles Bar for the team behind Ill Behaviour @ the Firefly and the legendary Worcester vinyl night Revolution. I mean, not James Brown-legendary, but pretty popular.

Head here for more info, the party goes 9pm until midnight and is free entry.




Deadpool 2/Han Solo @ The Odeon

All weekend

Sure, there’s a festival full world-leading academics, authors and philosophers thirty minutes up the road – but does Hay Festival have superheroes making gluten jokes? No. Does it have a young Chewbacca buddying up with Woody Freaking Harrelson for an intergalactic heist? Probably not.

Both look like pretty-fun-but-probably-not-quite-as-good-as-the-original summer blockbusters and if you can put up with the super fans dressed as Wolverine/Lando Calrissian two seats down, they’re a great way to doge the rain for a few hours.

The Odeon has six screenings of Deadpool 2 every day, while Han Solo’s showing ten times, and twice in 3D is you want to feel like you’re in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

Check out times and screenings here.




Wine tasting @ Saxtys

Saturday, 7.30 - 10.30pm.

They had us at ‘try eight wines for £20’.

The fun and informal tasting nights hosted by Saxtys are great (and great date nights) whether you’ve got your own climate-controlled wine cellar, or you’re more of a Lambrini-and-lemonade type.

Paul Webster from world-renowned importersNegociants is on-hand to lead you around the selections – and there’s a load of nibbles to soak up the booze. You’re going to want to book a taxi though.

Call 01432 357872 for tickets as these events tend to sell out.

*DISCLAIMER – the FB page states that you get eight wines in “taster glasses” so chances are you won’t be getting it served up in the pint-sized glasses you drink from at home.




Medieval village re-enactment @ Hampton Court

Saturday - Monday

If you want to make the nippers  appreciate their ipads, take them down the Hampton Court Castle this weekend, near Leomister. The gorgeous National Trust stately home is hosting a living, breathing Medieval village. The kids can the blacksmiths work, talk to villager and have a go at archery – then watch some bearded blokes re-enact some Game of Thrones-esque battle scenes.

More here.


Hay Festival kids' programme

Friday - Monday

Hay Festival has a fun range of kids’ activities running throughout – this weekend there’s a forest school, ‘Massive Monsters’ digital animation workshops (above) and David Walliams reading Gangsta Granny.

Check out the full listing here.

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